Writing to Buoy Us

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A six-week online creative writing course to buoy us in challenging times and imagine the future we want for ourselves and our world.


What is the new normal? How do we build back better? In these times of global pandemic and climate change, words matter more than ever. Story and poetry can help us express what can be otherwise be difficult; they help us imagine a future we want to for ourselves and our world, to feel more connected to what really matters, more connected to others and the natural world. Discover resilience and beauty in the world we love and inspiration from our writing.

I‘ll provide inspiring pieces to read and discuss. They’ll be fun approaches to writing, and also plenty of time to write and share. These live workshops on Zoom (real time video conferencing) from London are supportive and creative melting pots with writers from my two homes, UK and Australia, and beyond.  We’ll have a reading at the end of the workshops where we can invite our friends from across the globe.  Pics from our reading last ‘term’ are HERE.

Your workshops have helped me develop as a writer, freed me up and given me new ways into my poetry. Thank you. Colin Hopkirk, UK

An inspiring and uplifting course, Cath combines professionalism with warmth, offering well-structured yet flexible workshops. I loved the writing Cath introduced me to, the prompts, the workshopping and Cath’s ability as a facilitator to nurture a genuine sense of community amongst a group of emerging and established writers from all over the world. The culmination of the course in an International Reading via Zoom was truly special. I would highly recommend Cath’s courses to writers across all genres. Gayelene Carbis, Melbourne, (Anecdotal Evidence, Finalist, International Book Awards 2019)

You’ve inspired me to try out different ways of writing and adopt different subjects that I would never have explored on my own. I’ve surprised myself and also found out a lot about myself. Eleanor, screenwriter & lecturer, Liverpool

It had been difficult to get into my writing during this anxious time but this group has been uplifting, with a real sense of togetherness, wonderfully apt themes, poems and writing assignments. Just what I needed to jump-start new work. Nancy Hynes, London

Audio endorsements from Bree& Eleanor, plus a video about the workshops HERE.

Who is it for? Prose, poetry or memoir writers to spur creativity, generate and share ideas and new writing. There are  writing feedback workshops for those who  want to focus on honing their craft. 

MONDAY workshops: 29th June – 3 August at 10.30am UK time, 5.30pm Western Australia; 7.30pm Australian Eastern Standard time.  (One place left – you can still join for a discount, get in touch)


THURSDAY workshops: 2 July- 6 August at 10.30am UK time, 5.30pm Western Australia; 7.30pm Australian Eastern Standard time – one place left

Reading for both groups  15 August  at 11am UK time, 6pm Western Australia; 8pm Australian Eastern Standard time

Workshops are limited to 10 participants, 2.5hrs long with writing breaks. You’ll need a steady camera for Zoom, (ideally the functionality of a laptop rather than a phone). 

Cost: £110GBP or $220AUD OR concession £90GBP or $180 AUD   Discounted & free passes: I know many have lost their income in these difficult times. I offer some discounted and free slots to those not able to pay.  Free or discounted also offered to two indigenous writers.

To enroll: Contact me and tell me where you are in the world and a little about your writing (and if you are applying for a free pass tell me a bit about your situation). I’d love to hear from you. Let me know if you can do either Monday or Thursday and your preference. I’ll send you information on how to pay.

Workshops will continue through the year so get in touch any time to join the mailing list. There are feedback workshops. and I also do online mentoring.

About the facilitator:  Cath Drake’s collection ‘The Shaking City’ was published by Seren Books, It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath has published in literary journals in the UK, US, Australia and Ireland. She was included in ‘Best Australian Poetry 2014’, won two Arts Council England awards, shortlisted for various prizes including the Manchester Poetry Prize, and came second in the 2017 Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) plus highly commended for the same prize in 2019.  Cath is also an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer who has created radio documentaries and newspaper columns for over a decade in Australia, winning the Alex Harris Medal for Science and Environment Writing, CSIRO Award for Excellence in Science Journalism and Greening Western Australia Community Awareness Award for Communications. Cath teaches mindfulness and co-runs a monthly workshop on resilience in a changing world.

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